The Path to Hope Leads Through Endurance

The Path to Hope Leads Through Endurance

I read a story recently by a man who lived in Houston during the aftermath of Hurricane Harvey.  He and his neighbors felt a deep, intrinsic reward the first few days of shoveling muck from their homes, hosing off belongings, and saving their...
The Real Rules of Military Leaders

The Real Rules of Military Leaders

A church leader in another community told me about his former pastor, who had taken an assessment of his leadership style. The results showed that this pastor was the rarest type in the assessment’s scale.  He was among five percent of leaders classified as...
Leading in Public Prayer

Leading in Public Prayer

“Oh, Lord, as you read today in the Courier-Journal…”  That’s how one worship leader began a prayer in our seminary chapel.  The prayer created quite a discussion among all the young theologues on campus.  The one thing no one doubted was that God knew about the event...
Tantalus, the Search for Perfection, and Grace

Tantalus, the Search for Perfection, and Grace

My education in preaching aligns with the tradition of excellence in manuscripts.  It is the tradition of the crafted phrase and the choice of the perfect word at the perfect time.  It is the tradition which includes Fosdick, Buttrick, and Claypool.  After using an...